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New Study Finds That Caulking in Your Home Can Contain PCBs

Posted on October 5, 2016 in Blog

New Study Finds That Caulking in Your Home Can Contain PCBs

While many people know that exposure to Polychlorinated Bipheyls (PCBs) or asbestos can be harmful, many don’t know where these harmful carcinogens can actually be lurking. Commonly found in fluorescent light ballasts manufactured before July 1978, PCBs are harmful carcinogens that can have a detrimental effect on your health. While they were originally believed to solely exist in homes, offices and schools in the light ballast capacitors or asphalt potting material surrounding a capacitor, a new report has been released refuting this.

Reports are now indicating that caulking compounds used in building and renovating buildings up until the late 1970s can have large concentrations of PCBs. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a statement regarding research they conducted, which states that any caulk put into place after 1950, but before 1979, might contain up to 40% PCBs and can emit them into the surrounding air. They furthered the statement by adding that PCBs can also contaminate any adjacent materials like wood or masonry.

While you may think this issue won’t affect you, consider that this summer there was asbestos-containing caulks removed during the demolition of a Florida sports stadium, as well as a student-housing complex at Wisconsin university. These issues are not occurring few and far between, and can pose a serious health risk to your family, especially during a renovation. During a renovation or construction activities, the PCB or asbestos can become air borne, further enhancing their adverse effects on your health. This is not an issue to take lightly, and precautions should be made when you are considering doing any construction on your own home!

AQHI, Inc can remove the PCBs hazards from your home.

For the past 27 years, we have specialized in removing mold, asbestos, PCBs and lead from homes, businesses and other public buildings throughout Southern California. When we enter your home to remove PCBs, we will place contaminated materials into lined, open-head drums, which will then be labeled and logged before being transported to an EPA-approved PCB treatment facility. The process is highly regulated and monitored thoroughly since PCBs are considered carcinogens and must be treated as regulated hazardous waste when being remediated.

Ready to bring in AQHI, Inc to help?

If you are ready to put AQHI, Inc to work for you, call us at 800-481-8080. Our corporate office is located at 9513 Business Center Drive, Suite E, 9513 Business Center Drive, Suite E. While our office hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, we can also set appointments on weekends, early mornings or evenings to fit your busy schedule. If you think that there are PCBs, mold, asbestos or lead in your home, don’t wait! Call us today and we will be happy to assist in restoring a healthy living environment for you and your family.